Developmental Stages

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Describing developmental stages for those who lead, J. Robert Clinton writes:

1) Younger, less experienced people in leadership, need the focus of spiritual formation in their lives, in whatever studies or experiences they are involved in,
2) More experienced people need ministry formation in what they are studying and experiencing.
3) Older more experience people need strategic formation at this point in their lives.

Spiritual formation is the shaping activity in a leader’s life which is directed toward instilling godly character and developing inner life.

Ministerial formation is the shaping activity in a leader’s life which is directed toward instilling leadership skills, leadership experience, and developing giftedness for ministry.

Strategic formation is the shaping activity in a leader’s life which is directed toward having that leader reach full potential and achieve a God-given destiny.

In real life, these formations are mixed up, happen simultaneously and are sometimes overlapping. But for the purpose of definition they can be separately identified. And when studying the early formation of a leader, the middle formation of a leader and the latter formation of a leader the observations above hold in general; most spiritual formation occurs early-on; most ministerial formation develops over the first several years of ministry; and most strategic formation develops as one matures in ministry and begins to focus on longer term direction.

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